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April 19, 2018
TIR goes live in Pakistan

The International Road Union (IRU) has reported that the TIR system is now operational in Pakistan. Under the TIR system the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad trade corridor, which has the potential to link Pakistan to the markets of Iran, Central Asia, Turkey and eventually Europe, will be activated. The next steps will include the reactivation of ancient Silk […]

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March 23, 2018
Switzerland amends road charging scheme

Switzerland’s federal council has made several changes to the country’s road charging scheme for heavy vehicles (HVF). The amendments, which go into force on 1 May 2018, will incorporate the regulations governing the introduction of the European electronic toll service (EETS) in the HVF. This will simplify the collection of toll charges from foreign vehicles. […]

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February 15, 2018
Russia and Argentina developing rail links

Russian Railways (RZD) and the Administration of Railway Infrastructure of Argentina have signed a memorandum of understanding pertaining to the joint development of rail transport. Within the framework of the memorandum, the parties declared their readiness to undertake joint actions to develop and expand ties in the field of railway transport, particularly in railway infrastructure […]

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April 21, 2017
Poor state of Latvia’s roads causes losses of more than EUR 1 bln to motorists each year

The poor state of Latvia’s roads cause losses of more than EUR 1 billion to motorists each year, Janis Lange, CEO of Latvijas Valsts Celi (LVC) state road manager, said at an annual conference on road maintenance and construction today. 170421_lat_road.jpg He indicated that these losses are incurred because of a loss time, increased fuel […]

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January 17, 2017
Estonian Transiidikeskus says there are enough goods to carry on Rail Baltic route

Transit operator Transiidikeskus AS which operates at Estonia’s main merchant port of Muuga is waiting for the Rail Baltic European-gauge railway because in the next few years trade to Russia will definitely not recover and there would be enough goods to carry on the railway, the daily Eesti Paevaleht reports noted LETA/BNS. 170117_transit4.jpeg “Sadly the […]

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October 5, 2016
Latvia and Belarus agree on closer cooperation in transit

Latvia and Belarus in Minsk today agreed on closer cooperation in transit, the agreement has been commended by Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis (Greens/Farmers) and state-owned Latvijas Dzelzcels railway company board chairman Edvins Berzins, writes LETA. The parties signed two agreements – one of closer cooperation in deciding on transit corridor tariffs, service provision and […]

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June 22, 2016
EU member states agree to enhance international rail freight

The 28 EU member states and Norway and Switzerland have agreed to take action in the short-term to improve international rail freight. A special declaration to this end was signed at the annual three-day conference on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Governments will work closely with railway managers, freight carriers and consignors, freight terminals, transhippers […]

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May 25, 2016
Hauliers report further French fuel concerns

Transport and logistics firms fear serious impact on operations if industrial action is not brought to an end soon Despite the re-opening of a second major distribution depot that had been picketed by protesters, and assurances from the government that the country has reserve supplies in hand, more and more French service stations are reported […]

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March 23, 2016
Box-weighing changes ‘could raise freight costs more than 10%’

Global changes to container-weighing rules from 1 July could increase the costs of ocean freight transport by more than 10%, according to a new report by investment firm Cowen & Co., with forwarders set to be one of the beneficiaries. In a report released on Monday on the impact of the controversial amendment to the […]

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February 24, 2016
European forwarders welcome ocean freight pricing changes

European forwarding representatives have welcomed last week’s agreement between 15 container lines and the European Commission, in which lines offered to scrap general rate increases (GRIs) in favour of more-transparent pricing announcements indicating maximum total rates on condition that the commission abandons its competition investigation into line pricing practices. CLECAT, the European association for forwarding, […]

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January 18, 2016
Report seeks to address Switzerland’s rising rail maintenance bill

A report published by the Swiss Federal Office of Transport (BAV) says that more investment is needed in the maintenance of the country’s rail network, reports Global Rail News. The report, which was launched in 2014, has sought to identify some of the main factors which are leading to the deterioration of the network and […]

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December 26, 2015
New Freight Train Launched Connecting South China City, Moscow

A new train service was launched on Friday on the world’s longest freight railway route, connecting the south China city of Dongguan, one of China’s key manufacturing bases, to the Russian capital, Moscow. It covers a distance of 11-thousand kilometers, of which 4,400 kilometers are in China. The train is operated by the Sinotrans Company […]

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December 9, 2015
Higher road tolls, lower track prices

One year before the new Gotthard basis tunnel goes into service, Switzerland’s strong franc, low fuel prices and modest road user charges are creating difficult market conditions for transalpine rail services. The Swiss federal council has now decided on several measures to encourage more transalpine freight traffic to shift from road to rail. The measures […]

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November 25, 2015
Will road transport in Europe be delayed?

In an emergency meeting called on 20 November in response to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Europe’s ministers of justice agreed to step up border controls for European citizens entering the EU. For the time being, EU citizens are only subjected to “a minimum check” consisting of a rapid and straightforward verification, according to […]

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October 10, 2015
Port co-operation and mega-ships

COMMENT: In the, often heated, discussions on the effects of mega-ships on shoreside infrastructure, let’s include the question of co-operation between nearby ports, writes Peter de Langen. The issue of co-operation is clearly relevant for the two large upstream ports in Europe that have called for such a discussion, Hamburg and Antwerp. Hamburg was initially […]

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September 21, 2015
Port operators join forces to ‘greenify’ container terminals

Some of the world’s largest port operators have launched a joint initiative to promote environmental awareness. Global marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have created the “Go Green” campaign. It will focus on re-use and […]

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June 12, 2015
A Wake-Up Call For Industry As Truck Driver Shortage Reaches Crisis Point In The UK

Over 100 companies were surveyed to support the CILT’s Driver Shortage Crisis publication, including retailer Marks & Spencer, Premier Foods and haulage group Norbert Dentressangle. The results will serve as an alarming wake-up call for the UK’s transport industry and confirmed earlier fears expressed of a “ticking time bomb” of driver shortages and also that […]

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May 30, 2015
Recent reports show a decline in U.S. freight sector activity

First quarter numbers in the overall freight sector suggested a robust U.S. economy for 2015. But recent declines in the American Trucking Associations’ Index and the Cass Freight Index have resulted in mixed views about U.S. economic conditions. The April Cass Freight Index showed that shipments were down 2.5% compared to April 2014, and freight […]

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May 14, 2015
Swissport might be for sale

Switzerland-based ground handler, Swissport, may be for sale. Reuters reported that PAI, a private equity firm with headquarters in France, is contemplating a sale or stock market listing of the company late this year, or early in 2016. Swissport could be worth €3.5 billion if a deal is struck. PAI purchased Swissport from Ferrovial for […]

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April 30, 2015
Increasing rail and water freight will cut road congestion, says new research

Getting more freight onto rail and water could significantly reduce road traffic, improve congestion and be better for the environment, according to new research carried out for Campaign for Better Transport. Government research has played down the potential benefits of the transfer from road to sustainable methods by only looking at national averages across all […]

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April 15, 2015
Maersk Line launches Europe-America service

Maersk Line is starting a third liner service between Rotterdam and the United States. The service, ATL4, is part of the 2M alliance between Maersk Line and MSC. In North America, ports of call will be New York and Savannah. The first departure will be this month, Port of Rotterdam said in its media release. […]

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April 3, 2015
Pushing back

“Outright rejection” is the UK’s response to Europe’s latest push for port regulation, finds Felicity Landon When Simon Bird, chief executive of Bristol Port, stepped into the hot seat at the UK Major Ports Group towards the end of last year, there were no surprises as to what topped his – and the industry’s – […]

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March 25, 2015
Switzerland to fast-track railfreight

Switzerland wants to create express tracks for freight traffic and abolish operating restrictions at peak periods. The proposals have been worked out by the federal government and representatives of the railfreight industry. The working group was established a year ago, after Swiss voters had said “yes” to the “financing the rail infrastructure upgrade (Fabi)” referendum. […]

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March 2, 2015
Swissterminal, Danser Switzerland and Ultra-Brag plan to build a container terminal with an annual capacity of 100,000 in the port of Weil

The Basel based terminal operator Swissterminal and the shipping companies Danser Switzerland and Ultra-Brag want to join forces to build a container terminal with an annual capacity of 100,000 in the port of Weil; an investment of €15 to 20 million, Port of Rotterdam said in its media release. Urban expansion is planned in the […]

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February 20, 2015
Switzerland calls for rail friendlier trains

Switzerland’s federal office of transport (FoT) intends to introduce a charge for rail wear in its track pricing system. The measure should act as an incentive for railway companies to deploy vehicles with the lowest possible wear rate. On top of that, rail infrastructure users will have to pay an additional CHF 100 million to […]

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February 12, 2015
Asia-Europe rates fall 8% to USD 1,057 TEU

Spot rates from Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) fell 8.3% USD 1,057 per Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) on the Asia-north Europe route on Friday, making it the second straight week of declines. Asia-Mediterranean rates fell 3.8%, but increased 13.3% to the US west coast and rose 6.2% to the US east coast, rising to […]

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January 22, 2015
Transport Commission working with Germany on minimum hourly wage regulation

Latvian Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss’ (Unity) meeting with the European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc focused on recent changes in Germany’s regulations on remuneration, which stipulate minimum hourly wage for any kind of job done in the territory of Germany, and which also apply to trucking companies that ship freights via Germany – Bulc confirmed that […]

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January 12, 2015
More freight through European airports

The European airport trade body, ACI Europe recently released its traffic report for November 2014, showing that freight traffic grew by 3% across the network compared to the same month 2013 (+10% vis-a-vis November 2012). Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 191,553 t (+2.7%) headed the league of airports, followed by Paris Charles-de-Gaulle with 167,000 t (-1.8%), Amsterdam […]

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December 26, 2014
Railroads boost capacity to head off shipping backlog

After a year of shipping delays that cost their customers hundreds of millions of dollars, railroads are making progress on the backlog of grain shipments in Minnesota and other Midwest states. Although some experts say capacity will be tested again early next year, the rail companies have hired thousands of new employees and added hundreds […]

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December 19, 2014
New study proclaims benefits of cars in containers

A new study has concluded that the cost of shipping cars in containers is not necessarily more expensive than using roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) vessels. The study was conducted by Sean Xu of the World Maritime University in Malmӧ in Sweden and examines the logistics of door-to-door automotive transportation. The report argues that, when it comes […]

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December 8, 2014
Global air cargo traffic continue growing, up 5.4% in October

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), global air freight demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTK), increased 5.4% in October year on year, surpassing capacity growth of 4.4%. A release said that the good results reflect the improvements in world trade and business activity, which have been evident since the summer. World trade […]

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November 27, 2014
Geneva 2030 rail expansion project begins

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has launched a CHF 3 billion project to double the capacity of the railway between Lausanne and Geneva over the next 15 years. Geneva 2030, described by SBB as “the biggest railway project in the next decade”, will significantly improve rail services in the cantons of Vaud and Geneva. One of […]

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November 18, 2014
Poland boosts position as EU’s leading international haulier

Poland has consolidated its position as Europe’s leading international road haulage nation according to annual figures just published by France’s road freight data agency, the Comité National Routier (CNR). Its trucking firms clocked up 147,274 million tonne kilometres (mtk) of international traffic movements in 2013, an increase of 10.5% on the previous year. Second behind […]

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November 11, 2014
RWI / ISL index: slight decrease in global container throughput

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) revealed a mixed bag of trends in its recently-published world trade report. From a global perspective the results for the current year are better than those for 2013, but the state of the European economy is having a negative impact on the rest of the world. The container throughput index […]

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October 28, 2014
Corridor on track

The Swiss government has approved an agreement with the federal railways for the creation of a 4-metre corridor on the Gotthard rail axis. This sets out the details of the planning and engineering works to be carried out in Switzerland, their financing and the schedule for their completion. Now that the long-standing question of a […]

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October 21, 2014
Swiss Worldcargo goes live with new eBooking tool

Swiss Worldcargo, the airfreight division of Swiss International Air Lines, has launched its new eBooking tool. The new booking and data capturing platform, which is based on Unisys’s Cargo Portal Services, is accessible via the carrier’s website and gives customers 24/7 access to Swiss Worldcargo’s full range of products and services. The new tool is […]

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October 13, 2014
A new route container train from Slovakia to address Freight Village Vorsino

October 9, 2014 the container train from Slovakia arrived at the territory of multimodal transport and logistics center Freight Village Vorsino (station Dobra – station Vorsino of Moscow railway). The company JTC, which is the European railway operator, together with TransContainer organized itinerary container service from Slovakia to Freight Village Vorsino. The train with the […]

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October 7, 2014
EVR Cargo transport volume grew by 3.8% in September

Estonia’s state-owned rail freight company EVR Cargo’s cargo transport volume amounted to 1.23 million tonnes in September 2014, an increase of 3.8% from September last year, Äripäev.ee/LETA reports. 140218_eesti_raudtee_carg.jpg The first nine months’ total volume, 11.4 million tonnes, is by 3.7% less than at the same time last year. EVR Cargo Board Chairman Ahto Altjõe […]

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September 29, 2014
Ports of Crimea, Taman and Novorossiysk will constitute a single port agglomeration

The ports of the Crimean federal district in conjunction with the ports of Taman and Novorossiysk can constitute a single port agglomeration ensuring not only cargo handling but also employment of population in the region. This was announced by RF Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov at the meeting headed by RF President Vladimir Putin and dedicated […]

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September 18, 2014
Airfreight volumes grow despite some obstacles

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has just published its latest quarterly cargo market analysis. It mentions that airfreight volumes continue to show solid gains on a year ago, supported by economic improvements in some regions, but high jet fuel prices and overall weakness in yields has kept cargo financial performance from improving so far […]

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September 11, 2014
EUR 11.9 billion to improve European transport connections – EU

European Commission has invited Member States to propose projects to use EUR 11.9 billion of EU funding to improve European transport connections. This is the largest ever single amount of EU funding earmarked for transport infrastructure. Member States have until 26th February 2015 to submit their bids, reports Think-Railways. The funding will be concentrated along […]

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September 4, 2014
Container terminals operators fear even more fierce competition

Acceleration in traffic and strong profitability is driving aggressive new players to enter the container terminal operator sector, according to the 11th Global Container Terminal Operators Annual Review and Forecast report published by shipping consultancy Drewry. According to this report, global container port throughput will exceed 840 million teu by 2018, with the fastest growing […]

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August 27, 2014
Asia-Europe rail given box equipment boost

A new reefer container design will enable more cargo to be shipped by rail between Asia and Europe, claims manufacturer UNIT45. Multiple forwarders and integrators are now offering overland rail-based services from China to Europe, which providers claim can save up to two weeks on transit times versus ocean options and is a third of […]

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August 20, 2014
Switzerland refused to help the EU manufacturers to evade Russian embargo

Switzerland refused to European suppliers of meat and dairy products and vegetables in re-exporting through its territory, evading Russian embargo, according to the Federal Office for Agriculture in Switzerland. As the representative of the Bureau Jürg Jordi said, the Swiss authorities require carrying out the certification for compliance with hygiene standards of exported products, but […]

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August 14, 2014
Kazakhstani customs does not plan to restrict transit of banned goods

The Customs Control Committee of Kazakhstan’s Finance Ministry does not intend to take any measures to restrict the transit of products that have been banned by Russia for a year in response to the sanctions by certain foreign countries, the ministry told RIA Novosti. Russia has banned the import of many agricultural products and food […]

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August 8, 2014
Shipping firms ‘hit by port fees’

Shipping companies have claimed they were being forced to downsize because of increasing port fees. They said they were struggling to stay afloat because of the sector’s continuous financial downturn combined with high taxes imposed by the Transportation Ministry’s Ports and Maritime Affairs (MoT PMA) for anchoring in Bahrain’s waters and a rise in tariffs […]

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July 28, 2014
Tunnel will be built on the section of the road «Western Europe – Western China» for the first time

During the construction of the highway “Western Europe – Western China” there will be built a tunnel in the area between Shymkent and Taraz. “The work is carried out at the border between Shymkent and Taraz. For the first time in Kazakhstan we are planning to build a tunnel in this area. The work is […]

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July 18, 2014
Rail freight transport start again between Baku and Poti

Azerbaijan and Georgia are scheduled to resume the container block train movement on the Poti-Baku route, the “Georgian Railway” LLC said. As noted in the department, the train will transport containers on the basis of the agreement reached between the “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC and “Trans Caucasus Terminals” LLC which is the “daughter” of the “Georgian […]

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July 9, 2014
Situation in Ukraine has a negative impact on country’s logistics

Situation in Ukraine has a negative impact on country’s logistics, the president of Latvian Transport Development and Education Association, Igor Kabashkin believes. According to him, because of the state conflict traffic flows may be rerouted and it’s quite possible that some cargo soon will be transshipped via Latvian ports. «When the safety risks for freight […]

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June 30, 2014
Freight trains whisper in Germany

Quiet freight trains can pay off – and now they do for railway companies as well. Since mid-2013, every enterprise that operates freight trains equipped with whisper brakes (K or LL brake blocks) has been able to obtain a bonus for retrofitting the wagons. To encourage the use of quieter brakes, the German government developed […]

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June 18, 2014
French shippers re-think logistics as rail strike continues

A national strike by workers of SNCF that has brought the French state rail operator’s freight activities to a standstill has entered its sixth day, leaving shippers and forwarders to re-think their logistics plans. In its latest strike update, Fret SNCF said it continued to maintain what is effectively an embargo on shipments until further […]

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June 6, 2014
Latvia tries to attract new cargo flows

Latvia actively cooperates with representatives of transport departments and the companies of the countries of Europe, the CIS, and also Mongolia and China to attract new cargo flows, the minister of messages of Latvia Anri Mathis said at the XVII International conference “TransBaltica – 2014″ which is taking place in Riga. “By the way, one […]

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May 28, 2014
Kazakhstan bans heavy trucks from highways during daytime

Kazakhstan is banning heavy trucks from national highways during daytime in summer to save the road-surface in the time when it is overheated by the sun and especially vulnerable, Tengrinews reports referring to the Press Office of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan. In the period from June 1 to August 31, 2014 […]

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May 20, 2014
New-generation railway crane for 1520 gauge was presented in Vilnius – Lithuania

Presentation and transfer of the first railway crane of new-generation for 1520 gauge – Multi Tasker KRC 1600 LG took place in Lithuania. The crane is manufactured by the German company Kirow (Association Kranunion) and ordered by the JSC “Lithuanian Railways”, reported the press-service of the Association. “The crane is not only the most modern […]

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May 14, 2014
Maersk Line plans to increase Asia-Europe freight rates

Maersk Line, a unit of A P Moller-Maersk, plans to raise freight rates on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe with effect from June 1. Rates for Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) containers will be raised by USD 300 while the hike for forty-foot containers will be increased by USD […]

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May 8, 2014
Global crisis continues to affect railway transport of CIS

May 6, 2014 the 60th session of the Council for Rail Transport of the Commonwealth of Independent States was opened in Astana (Kazakhstan). Summing up the work of the railway administrations of the Commonwealth, President of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin said that there were transported 2.09 billion tons of goods in 2013, which is 0.3% […]

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April 28, 2014
Since June 1, 2015 foreign drivers will need Russian driver’s license

In the first reading the State Duma adopted a bill on the prohibition of operations of foreign drivers with national license in Russia since June 1, 2015. The current wording of the law “On the Road Safety” introduces such a ban since May 7 of this year. The chairman of the Duma Committee on Transport […]

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April 17, 2014
​MEPs vote to harmonise loaded EU transporters

During a plenary session of the European Parliament, more than 90% of MEPs have voted in favour of harmonising the loaded length of vehicle transporters across Europe. The vote follows another vote in favour of the changes last month by the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee of the European Parliament that approved setting a minimum […]

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April 7, 2014
Airfreight: could do better

The vast majority of air cargo users claim that air cargo services fail to meet the requirements and expectations of their customers, says the European Shippers’ Council (ESC). Companies feel that their voice is not being heard by the air freight industry. To address the problem, the ESC has produced a white paper entitled ‘Airfreight […]

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March 27, 2014
Bulgaria Is Ready to Launch Direct Shipping Lines to Russia

Bulgaria is ready to launch direct cargo shipping lines to Russia, Transport Minister Danail Papazov has announced. According to Papazov, the shipping lines will be successful, because carters may face difficulties passing through Ukraine on their way to Russia, Darik news reports. Minister Papazov said that there have been proposals for the launch of direct […]

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March 20, 2014
France and Switzerland agree terms for CEVA rail link – EU

Transport ministers in France and Switzerland have signed a bilateral agreement that will push forward construction of a new rail link between Geneva and the French city of Annemasse. Frédéric Cuvillier, French Minister of Transport, and Switzerland’s Doris Leuthard signed an agreement yesterday (March 19) setting out conditions for the construction, operation and financing of […]

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March 12, 2014
Argentina, Thailand agree to boost customs cooperation

Argentina and Thailand agreed on Monday to enhance customs cooperation to curb cross-border crimes and boost mutual personnel and technical assistance. Under an agreement signed here by the customs authorities of the two countries, the two sides will be able to protect each other’s economic, fiscal and commercial interests, according to Argentina’s Federal Public Revenue […]

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March 7, 2014
Record investments in the warehouse market in Europe are expected this year

According to the new study of warehouse real estate market, record investments in this segment are expected in the current year. We will remind that in 2013 the volume of deposits increased by 73% and reached EUR 15 million. This result is the second in the last ten years. This year, new records are expected. […]

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February 17, 2014
Cargo transportation on the network of Eesti Raudtee fell 19% in January

In January 2014, the volume of freight transportation via the network of Eesti Raudtee (Estonian Railways) fell 19.2% year-on-year to 2.28 million tons, a representative of the company told IA RZD-Partner.ru. Of that, 1.43 million tons of petrochemicals (-24.3% year-on-year), 300,000 tons of fertilizers (+14%), 270,000 tons of shale (-34%), and 100,000 tons of chemicals […]

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February 10, 2014
Throughput of Russian seaports up 1.5% to 46.4 mln t in Jan’14

In January 2014, Russian seaports handled 46.4 mln t of cargo (+1.5%, year-on-year), says press center of Association of Commercial Sea Ports. Transshipment of liquid bulk cargo hit 19.9 mln t (+8.1%) including 8.5 mln t of coal (+12.5%), 3.5 mln t of containerized cargo (+6.2%), 1.0 mln t of mineral fertilizers (+11.4%), 1.2 mln […]

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January 31, 2014
RZD to invest about 18 billion rub to renew locomotive fleet of Trans-Baikal Railway

It is planned to spend about 17.9 billion rubles on the renewal of the locomotive fleet of the Zabaikalyye (Trans-Baikal) Railway (ZZD) in 2014, a ZZD press service official told Itar-Tass on Friday. This is almost 300 million rubles more than in 2013. In all, the locomotive fleet will be replenished with 154 new locomotives. […]

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January 24, 2014
Delivery companies drop service to Russia over new customs laws

International shipping companies are canceling consumer package services in Russia, as a new range of customs requirements are likely to raise fees and extend processing times for goods ordered from online stores based abroad. The changes, ostensibly intended to simplify assessment of customs fees for consumer goods shipped from other countries, require that each shipment […]

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January 9, 2014
China’s logistics industry slows in December

China’s logistics sector grew at a slightly slower pace in December compared with a month earlier, according to figures released Monday. The logistics performance index (LPI) for December stood at 52.4 percent, down 0.6 percentage points from November, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said in a statement. A reading above 50 percent indicates […]

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December 27, 2013
Russian Freight Rail Market Overview in November 2013

Freight transport on the RZD network In November 2013, freight transport volumes were at 103.5 mln, down on November 2012 by 2.7% or 2.9 mln tonnes, while freight turnover was at 170.0 bln tonne-kilometres (up 0.3% or 0.6 bln tonne-kilometres year-on-year). Coal. In November 2013, 27.7 mln tonnes of coal were transported, approximately the same […]

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December 18, 2013
Construction of link across Kerch Strait to help form Europe-Asia transport corridor

The construction of the Kerch transport link, the agreement on which was reached at the meeting of the Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission in Moscow on Tuesday, “will make it possible to create a new international transport corridor from Europe to Asia,” a source in the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure said on Tuesday. […]

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December 6, 2013
Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan start drafting single transportation policy

Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan have embarked on the development of the single transportation policy, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the Eurasian Economic Commission Danial Akhmetov told reporters following the meeting of transport chiefs of the Customs Union member states that took place in Moscow on 5 December, BelTA has learnt. Danial Akhmetov noted that […]

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November 29, 2013
Russian Railways ready to transport more cargoes in Belarus’ direction

Russian Railways is ready to transport more cargoes in the direction of Belarus. The statement was made by First Deputy Department Head of the Central Directorate for Traffic Control of OAO Russian Railways Rinat Khabibulin in Moscow on 28 November during the roundtable session held to discuss Belarus’ transit potential for Russian foreign trade cargoes, […]

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November 21, 2013
Direct price regulation in Russian ports of Baltic sea basin is abolished

The Federal Tariff Service (FTS) of Russia has abolished direct price regulation in Russian ports located in the Baltic sea basin. The FTS analysed the activity of companies providing services of cargo loading, unloading and storing in the sea ports of the Baltic basin and found no signs of natural monopoly. These ports, however, are […]

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November 14, 2013
Container train Viking between Lithuania and Turkey will be launched in 2014

Very soon container train Viking will carry cargo to Lithuania not only from Ukraine but also from Turkey. The trial run of the container train should take place in the beginning of 2014, and it is planned that the train will begin running regularly in summer of 2014, informs LETA/ELTA. These perspectives were discussed during […]

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October 25, 2013
Russia and China have agreed to further development of railway transit corridors from China to Europe

October 22, a business meeting of Vladimir Yakunin, the President of JSC Russian Railways, and Sheng Guangzu, the CEO of Chinese Railways, took place. During the meeting, the head of Russian Railways and China Railways discussed the issues of cooperation in the field of railway transport. The parties highly appreciated the potential of the project […]

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October 14, 2013
RZD to form network of logistic centres across Russia

“By continuing to implement measures for the development of transport and logistics infrastructure, we are gradually moving to a new modern format for freight transportation, namely multimodal terminal and logistics centres across the entire Russian rail network. Initially, we are planning to form a network which will include three so-called rail dry ports, 17 terminal […]

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October 10, 2013
Coming soon the 6th European Logistics Summit

On 27 November 2013, the Alliance for European Logistics will hold its 6th Logistics Summit in Brussels. Melinda Crane from Deutsche Welle TV will moderate what it is expected to be an interesting and timely debate on European logistics between speakers from the EU institutions, the logistics sector, and other interested stakeholders. Meanwhile, the High-Level […]

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October 2, 2013
Lithuania threatens to take Russian region hostage, demands changes in foreign policy

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister says his country could block land transport to Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad if Russia maintains its opposition to stronger trade ties between Ukraine and the European Union. “As you know, the Kaliningrad region is isolated, geographically isolated, so we could apply some measures also to cut something,” the Reuters news […]

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September 23, 2013
Russia opens landmark N.Korean rail link

Russia reopened Sunday a 54-kilometer (33-mile) railway link connecting the North Korean port city of Rajin with the Russian border town of Khasan as part of the project that is expected to speed shipments and trade in the region, Prime news agency reported. Head of state-run Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin, who took part in the […]

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September 10, 2013
Turkmenistan increases international cargo transportation

The high indices were reached in the road, rail and air transport facilities for the first eight months of 2013, the Turkmen government said on Monday. According to the report, in particular, the dynamics of growth in the cargo and passenger transportation compared to the level of eight months of last year is as follows: […]

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August 30, 2013
47,000 sq m logistics centre for Liebherr

Liebherr, the construction machinery group, has started work on a new logistics centre near Kirchdorf an der Iller in Baden-Württemberg. The centre will supply spare parts for earthmoving machines. In the long term, the group plans to transfer spare parts logistics for more of its construction machinery sectors to this site. The 1st part of […]

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August 22, 2013
Russia is changing the rules of import cargo

Latvian truckers are in disarray, as in less than a month Russia will completely change the rules of import of goods into its territory. As the First Baltic Channel learnt, as a result the “brick” can be put for our trucks on the eastern border. In fact, the Russians canceled so called system TIR KARNET […]

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August 16, 2013
Georgia, Russia agree to re-allow cross-border automobile traffic

Russia and Georgia have agreed to resume cross-border passenger and cargo road transportation after suspending it over an array of disagreements between the two countries in 2006. The only border checkpoint between Russia and Georgia was reopened in March of 2010, but there was no regular automobile traffic allowed between the countries. Georgia’s economics ministry […]

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August 5, 2013
Zhengzhou-to-Europe Rail Freight Debuts

The first freight train from Zhengzhou, China, to Europe has arrived at the freight yard in Hamburg-Billwerder, Germany, carrying 51 containers. The journey was organized by the Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Co., as well as DB Schenker, which acted as a logistics partner to Zhengzhou for all of the services outside of […]

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July 30, 2013
Chinese firm to construct best highway in southeast Europe

Montenegrin Transport Minister Mr. Ivan Brajovic said, a Chinese firm will follow the highest European Union (EU) standards to build in Montenegro the best highway in Southeast Europe. Early July, the Montenegrin government announced that Chinese Communications Construction Company (CCCC), and its subsidiary China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) will build the first 41 km […]

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July 26, 2013
Netherlands-Germany Rail Project Approved

The German government has signed a financial deal for the construction of a third rail line between Emmerich and Oberhausen in the nation’s North Rhine-Westphalia state. The Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands said the rail line is an important milestone in the extension of the Betuwerourte, a freight railway from Rotterdam to Germany, because […]

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July 22, 2013
Europe’s Most Desirable Logistics Location Is … Where?

Venlo, a small Dutch town on the river Mass near the German border, is Europe’s most desirable logistics location by a sizeable margin, according to a new report. Global industrial real estate company Prologis, in partnership with Eyefortransport, asked warehouse users from the retail, automotive, pharmaceutical and other sectors to rank 100 locations across Europe […]

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July 15, 2013
German Canal Lock Strike Over

A strike by canal lock workers that disrupted container and bulk shipping in large sectors of Germany’s inland waterway network for more than a week is over. The remaining strikers returned to work this morning following colleagues who called off their industrial action over the weekend. The strike was called by the Ver.di union to […]

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July 8, 2013
EU to Relax Customs Hurdles to Boost Short Sea Shipping

The European Union today outlined plans to ease customs formalities for ships transporting goods between its 28 member states. The European Commission, the EU’s executive, said the simpler rules would reduce red tape, cut delays in port and make short sea shipping more competitive with trucking, which dominates transport across the continent. The Commission said […]

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June 28, 2013
Europe’s eastbound exporters must take fair share of freight rates

European exporters targeting markets in China and elsewhere in Asia have been warned that the era of cheap container shipping freight rates on the backhaul Asia-Europe leg is likely to come to an end. Maersk s head of Asia-Europe Network, Lars Mikael Jensen, told delegates at the TOC Container Supply Chain conference in Rotterdam, which […]

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June 20, 2013
EU Says Eurotunnel Charging Excessive Rates for Trucks, Trains

The European Union accused Eurotunnel of charging “excessive” rates for trucks and freight trains to use its sub-sea link between the UK and France. The European Commission, the EU’s executive, gave the UK and France, which jointly regulate Eurotunnel, two months to respond to its demand for lower freight and passenger charges, or face possible […]

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June 12, 2013
Rinkevics sees right time for fresh ideas on how to reconnect Europe’s North with Southern and Central Asia

It is the right time to look for fresh ideas and concepts on how to reconnect Europe’s North with Southern and Central Asia, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Reform Party) said at the opening of the high-level workshop on transcontinental transportation routes called “Arteries Connecting the Heart of Asia to the Global World” in Riga […]

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June 6, 2013
ICS Chairman Warns of Costs of Environmental Regulations

Speaking to delegates at the opening of the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo, Norway, Masamichi Morooka, chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, said that impending environmental legislation will cost the shipping industry more than half a trillion dollars between 2015 and 2025. “As many companies struggle to survive during the difficult years ahead, we must […]

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May 29, 2013
Asia-Europe Rates Extend Slide

Source: Xeneta. Average container freight rates from Asia to Northern Europe dropped to $1,359 per 20-foot container and $2,352 per 40-foot container as of May 24, extending a slide that started in March, according to Xeneta, an ocean freight price comparison service. Rates have now falled more than 50 percent from May 2012, driven by […]

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May 24, 2013
European Transport Union Worried by EU Port Reform Plan

European dock and transport union leaders voiced concerns that a plan to reform European ports will threaten jobs and working conditions in pilotage, towage and mooring. The European Commission, the EU’s executive, unveiled a reform package this week aimed at boosting efficiency on the waterfront so that cargo is more evenly distributed throughput ports in […]

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May 14, 2013
Austria-Germany Intermodal Service Begins

Intermodal service between Vienna and Rostock, Germany, has commenced, creating a direct link between Central Europe and Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic states. The service will mainly carry cranable trailers, but containers and non-cranable trailers can also be transported on the train. It is operated by European Rail Shuttle and Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo. Cooperation with […]

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May 7, 2013
More than 800 kilometres of highways In Belarus will be paid from July 1

In accordance with the document from 1 July 2013, will charge you for the passage of vehicles through a special electronic system on the motorway Brest – Kozlovichi – Minsk – Russian border-Radish – as well as on separate sites of automobile highways M-2, Minsk – Minsk national airportМ the M-3 Minsk – Vitebsk M-4, […]

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April 29, 2013
The interior Ministry and FCS of the declared fight against cars with foreign numbers

The Ministry of internal Affairs and the Federal customs service will develop a database to deal with foreign cars-breakers. They have foreign numbers and so the camera lock may not recognizing them. The Ministry of internal Affairs and the Federal customs service prepared amendments to the legislation for the implementation of effective struggle with drivers-infringers […]

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April 19, 2013
Russia’s TransContainer Posts Drop in Rail Freight

TransContainer reported rail container transportation volume in Russia in the first quarter of 2013 totaled 342,400 20-foot-equivalent units, decreasing 4,400 TEUs, or 1.3 percent, from 346,800 TEUs in the first quarter of 2012. The drop was mainly driven by a 10.5 percent decrease in domestic transportation volume, partly offset by a 36.4 percent year-over-year increase […]

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